Should I Feed My Dog Fruits?

    Should I Feed My Dog Fruits?

    Tails R Wagging

    Jul 31, 2017

    Dogs are naturally carnivorous beings but this does not mean we should spoil our pets with meat at all times. To maintain a well-balanced canine, it is vital to include a mix of fresh produce once in a while. Keep in mind, however, that not all fruits consumed by humans are good for your pet’s diet. In fact, some of these food types are toxic to our dogs. Below are some of the essential fruits for dogs that are safe to give to your pet.

    • Apple. Apples make a great snack option for mature canines. Rich in vitamins A and C, apples can provide the needed immunity boost for your pet. But before feeding one to your canine, remove the core and seeds first. If you are not careful, your pooch might ingest an apple seed, which is known to contain cyanide that is toxic for animals. Feed with caution—always.
    • Banana. Banana is a potassium-rich fruit that is ideal to be given as a dog treat. Its high-fibre makeup makes it a great natural remedy for dogs suffering from gastrointestinal problems. For easy digestion, mash the bananas first before feeding it to your pet. Get rid of the peels because it can potentially cause indigestion and blockage in your dog’s internal organs.
    • Blueberry. To fight free radicals that damage the cellular makeup of dogs (as well as humans), blueberries are the best way to go. Feed your dog with a regular dose of these super healthy berries to strengthen their immune system and prevent any serious disease. However, if you discover something irregular when feeding your dog blueberries for the first time, immediately call the attention of your vet for advice.
    • Orange. Oranges are packed with vitamin C so they prove to be one of the best fruits for dogs. While a large canine can consume an entire fruit, a small pooch should only be fed with a third of an entire orange. Eliminate the peel and the seeds as they are hard to digest and can make your pet uncomfortable in the end.
    • Pineapple. Pineapples when served in small quantities and in moderation are perfect for your dog. They are filled with nutrients like vitamins C and B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, and folate so it can help maintain a good digestive system and an improved immune system for your pet. Do not forget to remove the core as they can cause blockage in the digestive tract.
    • Watermelon. If you are looking for a great way to keep your furry friend hydrated during hot days, have some watermelon ready in your fridge. Remove the seeds and peel before feeding. Watermelon is also rich in potassium as well as in vitamins A, C, and B6 so it can help improve the animal’s immunity.

    Always remember that moderation is the key when feeding your pet with fruits. If you notice a change in your canine’s behaviour and well-being after you have included a particular fruit in their diet, immediately consult with a vet for medical attention. Better yet, talk to a dog’s health care expert for a complete list of fresh produce that is fit for your pet.

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